Kampala, Uganda—Volcanoes Safaris, an award-winning company that specializes in great ape tourism in Uganda and Rwanda was recently recognized by National Geographic Traveler for a tour that takes travelers to three different mountain gorilla parks for gorilla and wildlife tracking. This tour was named one of National Geographic’s “Tours of a Lifetime” in the May 2010 issue.
No other company in the world has invested so heavily in the area around the mountain gorilla parks in Uganda and Rwanda. Volcanoes was at the forefront of opening tourism around the Ugandan gorilla parks over a decade ago and became the first international up-market safari company to take clients to see gorillas in post-conflict Rwanda, a vital step in relaunching its international tourism. Volcanoes Safaris has created an unrivalled and integrated set of ecotourism services to share the great apes of Africa with their clients.
Tours of a Lifetime; May 2010
50 of the World’s Best Guided Expeditions
Text by Margaret Loftus
Rwanda & Uganda: Track Mountain Gorillas
View some of the remaining 700 mountain gorillas on this safari to three different parks: Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Mgahinga and Bwindi in Uganda. The outfitter worked closely with governments here to develop responsible tourism in the aftermath of regional conflicts, including training locals to become guides. Volcanoes Safaris: “Gorillas in the Virungas and Bwindi—Rwanda and Uganda,” 8 days, $4,926.For more details about this expedition, visit the website or contact Stephanie Moreland at [email protected] . To read the full “Tours of a Lifetime” article in National Geographic Traveler, visit http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/tours/